Find Your Way

A programme of sector-specific mentoring and placements for emerging leaders in ABO member organisations

Find Your Way residential course announced

What is Find Your Way?

Designed to utilise the existing resources of the ABO and its members, Find Your Way offers emerging leaders the opportunity to discover their long term potential.  The 9-month programme, starting in October/November 2016, offers professional development based around a tailored Individual Development Plan co-developed with an experienced coach. 

Following a successful pilot programme in 2015-16, the ABO selected the following participants for the 2016-17 Find Your Way programme: Anthony Brice, Head of Concerts and Education, Academy of Ancient Music, Jenny Chadwick, Head of Concerts and Touring, Academy of St Martin in the Fields, Matt Downes, Orchestra Manager, Welsh National Opera, Jeongmin Kim, Sub-principal 2nd Violin, London Philharmonic Orchestra, James Thomas, Orchestra Manager, Sinfonia Cymru and Alex Walden, Orchestra Manager, BBC Concert Orchestra

RESIDENTIAL COURSE - Friday 17 - Sunday 19 February 2017, Snape Maltings

The ABO now seeks six additional participants to join the six Find Your Way 2016 participants for a residential management training course at Snape Maltings, Snape, Saxmundham, Suffolk IP17 1SP, from 1.00pm Friday 17 to 1.30pm Sunday 19 February 2017. The ABO is making available four places to ABO member organisations and two places to non-UK orchestras through our international partnerships. There will be a selection process for the course and applications should be made by using the application form below.

The three day course will be led by professional coach and mentor, Richard Wigley, Managing Director of the Ulster Orchestra and Andy Beaumont, leadership trainer. Additional speakers/trainers, including Roger Wright, Chief Executive, Snape Maltings, will be involved in specific areas. Key areas to be covered include artistic planning, fundraising, digital strategies, learning & participation, financial sustainability, governance, leadership, marketing, organisational culture and strategic planning.

Criteria for selection

All places on the course will offered following an application process. Four places on the residential course are open to people working for an ABO member organisation in a management role. Two places on this course are available to candidates from other European and international orchestras.

N.B. As the full Find Your Way programme includes the residential course, anyone from an ABO member organisation selected for the February 2017 residential course will not be eligible to apply to join the next Find Your Way cohort. Exceptions to this would only be at the discretion of the ABO Board.

The deadline for applications for the residential course is 12 noon, Friday 20 January 2017.

Cost of the residential course: £530 & VAT (ABO members) £600 & VAT (non-UK orchestras)

What does the cost include?

  • Cost of the course
  • Bed and breakfast accommodation in Aldeburgh

What does it not include?

  • Travel to and from Aldeburgh and Snape Maltings
  • All refreshments and meals during the course

For further information please contact Fiona Harvey,Education & Youth Ensembles